25 minutes have passed in the Arsenal - Borussia Dortmund match, but the visitors have already taken a hit, quite literally. Midfielder Sven Bender received an accidental kick in the face from Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen. Anyone who's ever looked at the face of Vermaelen knows there's no recovering from that in a hurry. The stretcher was brought on for Bender and Moritz Leitner came on in his place.
Losing Bender is quite a blow for Dortmund, considering his role in midfield. He's the one that does the mopping up, making sure the attackers rarely ever have to defend. Considering the Germans need a win in London tonight to retain even a possibility of moving out of Group F, early injuries are the last thing they need. With Arsenal already applying plenty of pressure in the first thirty minutes, it seems it will be only a matter of time before the Gunners take the lead.